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2 Week Schedule. Mon. 3/4 Chapter 28 Lecture Tues. 3/5 Chapter 28 Study Guide Wed. 3/6 Chapter 28 Lecture Thurs. 3/7 State/Local Govt. Test (OBJ.) Fri. 3/8 DP & Book Review Talk ====== ====== ====== Mon. 3/11 Death Penalty Reading Tues. 3/12 Death Penalty Writing

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2 week schedule

2 Week Schedule

Mon. 3/4 Chapter 28 Lecture

Tues. 3/5 Chapter 28 Study Guide

Wed. 3/6 Chapter 28 Lecture

Thurs. 3/7 State/Local Govt. Test (OBJ.)

Fri. 3/8 DP & Book Review Talk

====== ====== ======

Mon. 3/11 Death Penalty Reading

Tues. 3/12 Death Penalty Writing

Wed. 3/13 Video: “Until They’re Dead”

Thurs. 3/14 Chill Day: Book Review

Fri. 3/15 No School Today

slide28

City of Angels?

Los Angeles, California

slide29

St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Florida

slide36

The Alamo

San Antonio, Texas

slide38

Independence Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

slide39

Top 10 Populated U.S. Cities

1.

  • New York 8,175,133
  • Los Angeles 3,792,621

2.

3.

  • Chicago 2,695,598

4.

  • Houston 2,099,451

5.

  • Philadelphia 1,526,006
  • Phoenix 1,445,632

6.

  • San Antonio 1,327,407

7.

  • San Diego 1,307,402

8.

9.

  • Dallas 1,197,816

10.

  • San Jose 945,942
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Dodge Street

NW

Elkhorn

Missouri River

Millard

Bellevue

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Omaha was founded in 1857

  • Created as a suburb of Council Bluffs.
  • Much of the early population made up of immigrant workers
omaha government
Omaha Government

Omaha has 3 branches of Govt.

Executive Branch:

Mayor

Legislative Branch :

City Council

Judicial Branch:

City Prosecutor

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Omaha Government

The Mayor and City Council operate Independently from each other.

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Omaha Government

  • Home Rule Charter:

When a city becomes populated enough, the state grants various powers to be taken care of by local government agencies rather than the state.

omaha preamble
Omaha Preamble

We, the people of the City of Omaha,

duly acknowledging Almighty God's blessings

on a free and independent United States of

America do hereby adopt this charter for

our own government under the authority

delegated to us by the Constitution of the

State of Nebraska.

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Omaha Government

Section 14-102 provides that cities of the metropolitan class have power to enforce police regulations and Section 14-221 indicates that it is the mayor’s duty to perform such enforcement.

mayor
Mayor
  • JimSuttle
  • Chief Executive of the
  • City Government.
  • Role is to implement
  • policy and guide
  • development.
requirements to be mayor
Requirements to be Mayor

Must be a registered voter.

Must be minimum 25 years old.

Must live in city for 5 consecutive years prior to election.

Could this be you?

election dates
Election Dates

April 2: Primary Election

May 14: General Election

June 11: Term Begins

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Jim Suttle

Incumbent Mayor

7 Candidates Running for Mayor in 2013

Jean Stothert

Current City Council

Dan Welch

Frmr. City Council

Dave Nabity

Brad Ashford

Mort Sullivan

Maura DeLuca

strong mayor
Strong-Mayor
  • Mayor is given almost total administrative authority.
  • Appoint and dismisses department heads.
  • Prepares and administers the city budget, (with approval by the city council)
omaha city council
Omaha City Council
  • Seven Districts
  • Job is to oversee the Mayor’s activities.

Manage and oversee the city’s budget.

Founding members in 1857 were:

John Creighton & J.H. Kellom

city council
City Council
  • District 1: Pete Festersen
  • District 2: Ben Gray
  • District 3: Chris Jerram
  • District 4: Garry Gernandt
  • District 5: Jean Stothert
  • District 6: Franklin Thompson
  • District 7: Thomas Mulligan
city council1
City Council
  • There are 3 notices regarding city ordinances:
  • Public Notification
  • Public Hearing
  • Council Vote
city council2
City Council
  • It takes a 4 person majority to
  • pass an ordinance.
  • It takes a 4 person majority to
  • pass an ordinance.

It goes to Mayor for approval.

It goes to Mayor for approval.

It takes a 5 person majority to

Override mayoral veto.

city council3
City Council
  • The Unicameral has heard proposals to
  • add 2 additional districts to the Omaha
  • City Council due to the 2007 annexation
  • of Elkhorn.
city powers
City Powers
  • Municipal –
  • Anything relating to City-level
  • government and services.
city powers1
City Powers
  • In 2008, the
  • City Council
  • adopted a
  • “dangerous dog ”
  • ordinance
city powers2
City Powers
  • The City has the
  • power to collect
  • sales and
  • property taxes.
  • (But there is no
  • tax on groceries)
local government4

Local Government

Currently: 49.9 cents per $100 assessed value of property.

city powers3
City Powers
  • The City has the
  • power to annex
  • adjacent areas within
  • the county that have
  • less than 10,000
  • residents.
  • (Elkhorn in 2007)
2013 election dates
2013 Election Dates
  • April 2 Primary Election
  • May 14 General Election
  • Both are on Tuesday
where can you register to vote in omaha
Where can you register to vote in Omaha?
  • Public Libraries
  • The Douglas County Election Commission
  • DMV
  • You cannot register at:
    • POLICE STATIONS
    • FIRE STATIONS…
where do you live
Where do you live?
  • District 1 North-Midtown Omaha *
  • District 2 Northeast Omaha
  • District 3 East central Omaha
  • District 4 Southeast Omaha
  • District 5 Southwest Omaha
  • District 6 Middle west Omaha
  • District 7 Northwest Omaha
making a complaint
Making a Complaint
  • If you have a comment or would like to wage a complaint about
  • any of the 11 City Departments, you should contact the City
  • Department first to resolve your issue.
making a complaint1
Making a Complaint
  • The individual City Departments each have a
  • Director who is appointed by the Mayor’s
  • Office. The Director should be able to handle
  • your issue.
  • If that fails, contact the Mayor’s Hotline at
  • (402) 444-5555.
making a complaint2
Making a Complaint
  • Communicating with your Councilmember
  • If you have an issue regarding policy or
  • legislation, you may contact the Councilmember
  • who lives in your district or the councilmember
  • who chairs the committee that considers issues
  • like yours or call the Council reception at
  • (402) 444-5520 for assistance.
making a complaint3
Making a Complaint
  • Communicating with your Councilmember
  • Present your issue in a letter or email in the
  • clearest and most concise way possible. Ask for
  • exactly what you would like and if you want a
  • response to your issue, make sure you request a
  • response.  If you would like feedback, then give
  • the proper contact information to get back to you
  • (address, phone number).
making a complaint4
Making a Complaint
  • Communicating with your Councilmember
  • Please present your information in less than one\
  • page with only the most relevant facts.
  • Attachments are fine for additional details, but
  • the one page request should clearly describe your
  • issue and what you want.
making a complaint5
Making a Complaint
  • Communicating with your Councilmember
  • The City Council is a Board of 7 individuals who operate under
  • the open meeting laws of Nebraska.
  • Business is conducted in a public meeting. 
city council website
City Council Website
  • Omaha City Council Site
review information
Review Information

Read chapter 21

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This is the result when a levee breaks.

Water from the river side floods the neighborhoods and farms